Mark Pilgram, IBM and Lost Innocence

dive into mark: “After it was filed, I got a $1500 bonus in my next paycheck. I saw the money and cried. I swore I would donate the money to the EFF Patent Busting Project, but it too got swallowed up by food and medical expenses and daycare and an unexpected tax payment and yes, mortgage payments. At our next quarterly all-hands meeting, my boss’s boss’s boss called me out specifically for a job well done on my first patent. I put the phone on mute and cried some more.”